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Rockefeller to speak at W.Va. Wesleyan forum

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - Retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller will discuss his five decades of public service at a public forum at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The event is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the college's Virginia Thomas law Center for the Public Arts in Buckhannon. Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will serve as moderator, and students and members of the public will have an opportunity to submit questions to the senator.

The 76-year-old Rockefeller served as president of West Virginia Wesleyan from 1973 to 1976.


Some W.Va. state Dems flip to GOP for midterms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - As Republicans rally for more control in West Virginia, some Democrats jumped ship and are running as Republicans against former colleagues.

The most notable convert is state Sen. Evan Jenkins, who ditched the Democrats to challenge Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall. Rahall beat another Democrat-turned-Republican in 2010.

In August, Mike Queen turned Republican for a Senate run after serving as a Democratic House delegate two decades ago. He faces the winner of the Democratic primary.

Clarksburg councilwoman Margaret Bailey switched to run in a crowded Harrison House race. Del. Ryan Ferns also went to the GOP to face Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons.

In the state House of Delegates, a four-seat swing in the midterms would put the GOP in power for the first time in 85 years.


Shinnston couple charged in infant's death

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Shinnston woman and her husband are charged in what authorities are calling the unintentional suffocation of her 3-month-old son.

The Exponent Telegram reports that 27-year-old Traci Brooke Moore McCoy and 32-year-old Clovis Harold McCoy are charged with child neglect resulting in death and child neglect creating a risk of serious injury or death. Harrison County Magistrate Tammy Marple set bond at $150,000 each at a hearing Friday.

According to authorities, the infant suffocated Tuesday while his mother was sleeping with him. The woman allegedly had taken two prescription drugs, one of which was given to her by her husband.

Harrison Sheriff's Lt. Pat McCarty says Clovis McCoy knew his wife was impaired when he left her alone with the baby and her twin sister, who was not harmed.


Reds activate LHP Sean Marshall from disabled list

CHICAGO (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds have activated left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the 15-day disabled list and optioned the contract of righty Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville.

Marshall had soreness in his throwing shoulder in spring training. He remained at extended spring training before two rehab appearances in Louisville. He pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday, allowing one hit and one walk and striking out two. On Wednesday, he allowed a home run in one inning of work.

Marshall is 37-46 with a 3.77 ERA in his eight-year career.

Partch didn't allow a run in 4 1-3 innings of relief for the Reds before he was sent down Saturday. He allowed one hit and three walks.

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